Just call me Sailor Laila! There are over 240 museums in London and yet I can’t remember the last time I went to a museum for the first time. Last Thursday I performed at the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich which I’d somehow never visited, despite living down the road in New Cross for about 3 years. On Thursday the museum hosted it’s first late-night event, Lost At Sea. The night was completely free and featured a huge variety of activities designed to appeal to both keen sailors and landlubbers (guilty) alike. There were sailor tattoos, impromptu sea shanties, rum-tasting, a pub quiz, a nautical photo booth, live music ranging from ceilidhs to choirs, a miniature literary festival, a table working out your sailor name (Lobster Snaggletooth reporting for duty) and a late opening of their new exhibition, Turner and the Sea.
I was there to play Floodtide by John Eacott, a sonic representation of the live tide reading of the Thames. The piece changes mood quite drastically depending on the tide reading, so playing the piece during high tide will sound completely different to playing the piece during a ferocious sea storm. WOLF PACK (the music ensemble I run) performed the piece for our TIDE themed concert back in April, and it was great to have the chance to play such an engaging and unique work again with a diverse group of musicians.
Fellow wolf Laura and I had a great time running around the museum afterwards, Laura wearing nautical colours and me in my boat-print dress; just call me Sailor Laila! I was riveted by the displays which included the jacket worn by Admiral Nelson (complete with the hole from the bullet that killed him), a gigantic boat engine and a huge world map printed on the floor (I’m sat next to Mauritius, the tiny, tiny island that is my homeland). It was a really fun night, thanks to John and Natasha for inviting us to play and let’s hope there’s another edition soon!
Shoes – New Look, £6 (sale). Coat – Urban Outfitters, £60 (on sale + 20% off!). Dress – ModCloth, gift (similar one here). WOLF PACK hair clip – custom made!
14 thoughts on “Lost At Sea”
What a wonderful experience to perform at a museum! I love visiting museums! Great post, Sailor Laila ;)
Well hello Sailor Laila hehe ! ^^ Amazing post, really enjoyed reading it, so happy to hear you had a wonderful time, would have loved to see you perform! ♥
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I feel like this is somewhere I should visit! So glad you had a lovely time <3
Jennie xo | sailorjennie.com
Cute post! Love the photos! Just found your blog and really enjoy reading it! Would you like to follow each other on GFC, facebook and bloglovin to stay in touch? Let me know, thanks!
Awww this is simply adorable. I love going to museums & galleries myself, hope you enjoyed yourself!
I’ve been to very few museums but it’s something I like. The maritime museum looks great
Thank you for the kind comment
Love the sound and look of this! I think music and museums are things that go so well together. For one, the acoustics are always phenomenal! Love your coat.
Sea shanties and rum tasting? That sounds like the best day! The boat print dress is one of the cutest things I’ve ever seen, and I love your coat! Where’s it from? xx
Ah thanks Jess! I should have said on the post – the dress is a gift (from ModCloth) and the coat is Co-Operative at Urban Outfitters, it’s on sale and there was also 20% off instore last week so it was under half price. XX
Believe it or not, I am the same. After some years in London (now in the Midlands) and I never went to the Maritime Museum, and I always want to – such a shame. I am so glad you visited it and actually, congratulations, you performed there!!!! How cool is that? Wow! You look lovely and the coat is great! I really really loved your pictures, all of them! denisesplanet com
Mmm… did my first comment work?
oh yes, i could see it now, sorry!
aaw wow well done! That looks awesome! xx